Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/25/16
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Q-Ball
12:46
What current player, minors or majors, has the coolest name? How about nickname?
Dan Szymborski
12:46
The Flyin' Hawaiian is still a damn good nickname
The Toddfather?
12:47
And The Millville Meteor is a good classic nickname
Dale
12:47
What's Betts going to be like?
Dan Szymborski
12:47
Excellence.
J. Peterman
12:47
At what point (say, how many games/seasons into a career) does a player's particularly high or low career babip look less like luck and more like he's just doing something different than anyone else?
Dan Szymborski
12:47
Depends on the degree. It's not like crossing a line.
It's like asking "When is it too warm for the clothes I'm wearing?"
When you could be wearing shorts or a parka or something
Chip
12:48
Do you think that Buchholtz could make it thru an entire season injury free?
Dan Szymborski
12:48
He could, but pitchers are fragile.
MrMet33
12:48
Wouldn't the Nationals be better off playing Murphy at 3B and Rendon at 2B and why won't they do that?
Dan Szymborski
12:48
Yes
New FAs don't like changing positions.
James
12:48
How many wins did mets add to their previous "84" win projection with additions of cespedes and bastardo
Dan Szymborski
12:48
I never made an 84-win projection, so I can't answer htis.
Noah
12:50
Do you really believe that Jon Lester is better than Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard, as ZiPS seems to believe?
Dan Szymborski
12:50
Has them all similar (Lester has a few more innings). Lester has a longer track record.
12:53
Sorry, internet was weird
Loopy dude
12:53
If conforto didn't lose his rookie status, where would we be seeing him on top 100 lists this offseason?
Dan Szymborski
12:53
Quite high.
Ryguy
12:53
Will the Crush Davis contract prohibit the Orioles from locking up Machado long-term?
Dan Szymborski
12:54
Honestly I don't think it makes a difference. If the O's were going to sign Machado to a long-term contract, their window closed years ago.
Sean
12:54
bullish or bearish on Kolten Wong this year...platoon possibility isnt' great to hear but if he puts it all together he could be one of the top 2bs
Dan Szymborski
12:54
He is what he is. A decently above-average 2B with little star potential.
tom selleck
12:54
do you watch a lot of baseball?
Dan Szymborski
12:55
What's baseball?
Q-Ball
12:55
Quick follow-up on same-handedness: Why is same-handed pitching more effective? Does it have to do with the way pitches break, or maybe how the batter sees the ball?
Dan Szymborski
12:55
Breaking balls.
Zorak
12:55
I had asked this briefly on twitter but was wondering if you could expand on it a little bit. Why is Cespedes projected for such a low games played total over the next 3 years? Is it just that anybody on the wrong side of 30 gets knocked for that? He's been seemingly healthy his whole career.
Dan Szymborski
12:55
Because players that play nearly every game have a one-sided risk curve?
12:56
List all the events that could cause Cespedes to miss 10 games. Or 20 games. or 30 games. Or 50 games. or 100 games. Or 130 games. There's a lot of them.
But he can *never* play more than 3 more games than he did last year in the regular season, without additional play-in games.
12:57
Now, list the things that could make Cespedes 10 *more* games. Or 20 *more* games. Or 30 *more* games. Or 50 *more* games. Or 100 *more* games. Or 130 *more* games. Your paper is blank
12:58
Unless you write crazy scenarios like "Cespedes wins the lottery 200 times, buys every team, institutes a 300 game seaosn, and plays every day."
Q-Ball
12:58
So, I guess you're not too impressed with the Rockies management then? Who are their 4th and 5th starters? Are they actually considering Gallardo...and how bad would he be in Coors?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
I'm not impressed at all with the Rockies as an organization.
They have some really good prospects, but I have little faith they'll maximize what they do with them.
12:59
They're like a 1985 team in a world in which most teams are 2015 teams.
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